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									                        Friday, April 20, 2007
                           (Local Session)

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  The Senate assembled at 11:00 A.M., the hour to which it stood
adjourned, and was called to order by the ACTING PRESIDENT,
Senator RYBERG.

                        REPORT RECEIVED
                               Findings of Fact

Memorandum To:         Clerk of the House
                       Clerk of the Senate

Re:                   Committee Hearings, March 27, 2007

The Committee to Screen Candidates for Boards of Trustees of State
Colleges and Universities finds the following candidate for Boards of
Trustees qualified.    Background reports from the State Law
Enforcement Division show no felony charges against the candidate.

South Carolina State University
  2nd District, Seat 2  Mr. Reggie Gallant

Respectfully submitted,
/s/ Rep. Olin Phillips, Chm.           /s/ Sen. Thomas Alexander
/s/ Rep. Lanny F. Littlejohn           /s/ Sen. Linda Short
/s/ Rep. Joan Brady                    /s/ Sen. Jake Knotts
/s/ Rep. Floyd Breeland                /s/ Sen. Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.

           COMMITTEE TO SCREEN CANDIDATES
                FOR BOARDS OF TRUSTEES
          OF STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
                   Tuesday, March 27, 2007
                   12:45 P.M. - 12:49 P.M.

  The meeting was conducted on March 27, 2007, at the State House,
Columbia, South Carolina, before Lisa F. Huffman, Court Reporter and
Notary Public in and for the State of South Carolina.
                                    1975
                     FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007


APPEARANCES:
Senator Jake Knotts
Representative Joan Brady
Representative Floyd Breeland

Also Present:
Sophia Derrick

VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: We're going to call to order the
meeting of the Committee to Screen Candidates for Boards          and
Trustees of State Colleges and Universities. The introduction of the
committee members present is Joan Brady, representative from
Richland County, and Representative Floyd Breeland -- and where are
you from?
MR. BREELAND: Charleston.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Charleston. Charleston. I knew we
had to have somebody from Charleston, and myself, Jake Knotts,
Senator from Lexington. Raise your right hand. Do you swear that the
information you are giving to this committee today is the truth, the
whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
   (Affirmation)
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: State your name.
MR. GALLANT: Reggie Gallant.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Reggie Gallant?
MR. GALLANT: Yes, sir.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: And you're a candidate for what
Board?
MR. GALLANT: South Carolina State University.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: South Carolina State University.
MR. GALLANT: Yes, sir.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Why do you want to be on the South
Carolina State University Board?
MR. GALLANT: Currently, I serve as a trustee --
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Right.
MR. GALLANT: -- and have been there for two years, and have
worked diligently with the Board to really help move the university in
the right direction. And we've accomplished a lot, and I would like to
remain a trustee so that we can continue some of the work that we've
done already.

                                1976
                      FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: How long have you been on the
Board?
MR. GALLANT: Two years.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Two years.
MR. GALLANT: Yes, sir.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Did you fill in an unexpired term of
someone?
MR. GALLANT: Yes, sir, Samuel Glover.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Samuel Glover.
MR. GALLANT: Yes, sir.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: He went to the Parole Board.
MR. GALLANT: That's correct.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
MR. GALLANT: I'm originally from Georgetown, South Carolina and
went to school at Tennessee State University. I currently work for
State Farm Insurance Company. I'm a vice president for State Farm
and have responsibilities for South Carolina and Georgia. And
married, wife, three children -- three boys, 13, 11 and 4.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: And where do you live?
MR. GALLANT: I live in Irmo.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: In Irmo?
MR. GALLANT: Yes, sir.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Let me ask you a few questions. Just
housecleaning questions. Do you have any health-related problems that
the Screening Committee should be made aware of that would prevent
you from serving on the Board in a full capacity?
MR. GALLANT: No, I don't.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Considering your present occupation
and other activities, would you be able to attend Board meetings on a
regular basis?
MR. GALLANT: Yes, sir.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS:                   Do you have any interests,
professionally or personally, that present a conflict of interest because
of your service on the Board?
MR. GALLANT: No, I do not.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Do you now hold any public position
of honor or trust that, if elected to the Board, would cause you to
violate the dual office holding clause of the constitution?
MR. GALLANT: I do not.


                                 1977
                     FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: What is your attendance rate since you
are on the Board?
MR. GALLANT: I've been --
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Have you missed any meetings?
MR. GALLANT: I've missed probably -- in two years, I've probably
missed about three meetings.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Three meetings?
MR. GALLANT: Yes, sir.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: How often do they meet?
MR. GALLANT: Four to five times a year.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Were those meetings -- I know in your
mind, they're justified -- but would they be excusable meetings?
MR. GALLANT: Yes, sir. As a matter of fact, as a Board member, if
you're going to miss a Board meeting, you need to notify the chairman
a week prior to missing a Board meeting and the explanation of why
you can't attend.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Ms. Brady or Mr. Breeland, do you
have any questions?
MR. BREELAND: My question was, were you a graduate of South
Carolina State, but you already answered that.
MR. GALLANT: Yes, sir. Well, my father is a graduate of South
Carolina State. My oldest brother is a graduate of South Carolina State,
and my oldest sister and my younger sister all attended and graduated
from South Carolina State. So there are deep roots in South Carolina
State in my family and me, even though I went to another university.
MR. BREELAND: Well, I had my first teaching job in Irmo.
MR. GALLANT: Oh, did you really?
MR. BREELAND: At Richlex High School.
MR. GALLANT: Oh, yeah. Okay.
MR. BREELAND: I know it's not there now.
MR. GALLANT: No, but that's still popular out in that area, for sure.
Sure is, absolutely.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Do you have any questions?
MS. BRADY: I'm fine.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Do I hear a motion?
MR. BREELAND: I so move.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: We have a motion moved --
MS. BRADY: Second.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: -- and a second for approval. No
discussion. All in favor, say ‘aye.’

                                 1978
                     FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

COMMITTEE: ‘Aye.’
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Let it be known it was unanimous.
Thank you, sir.
MR. GALLANT: Well, thank you all, and I know this, hopefully
wasn't a terrible inconvenience, but I do appreciate you taking the time
to do it. Thank you so much.
VICE CHAIRMAN KNOTTS: Thank you.
MR. GALLANT: Thank you.
MS. BRADY: Thank you.
   (The Screening Commission concluded at 12:49 P.M.)

                      THIRD READING BILLS
  The following Bills and Joint Resolution were read the third time and
ordered sent to the House of Representatives:

  S. 99 -- Senators Sheheen, Malloy and Ford: A BILL TO AMEND
SECTIONS 7-11-20 AND 7-13-15, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH
CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PARTY CONVENTIONS AND
PARTY PRIMARY ELECTIONS CONDUCTED BY THE STATE
ELECTION        COMMISSION        AND     COUNTY      ELECTION
COMMISSIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE
ELECTION        COMMISSION         CONDUCT       PRESIDENTIAL
PRIMARIES AND THAT THE STATE COMMITTEE OF THE
PARTY SET THE DATE AND THE FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR
THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES AND TO CLARIFY CERTAIN
EXISTING PROVISIONS CONCERNING PRIMARIES; AND TO
REPEAL SECTION 7-11-25 RELATING TO POLITICAL PARTIES
NOT PROHIBITED FROM CONDUCTING PRESIDENTIAL
PREFERENCE OR ADVISORY PRIMARIES.
  By prior motion of Senator SHEHEEN, with unanimous consent

  S. 534 -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO AMEND ACT 620 OF 1992
AND ACT 741 OF 1990, BOTH AS AMENDED, RELATING TO
THE REAPPORTIONMENT OF THE ELECTION DISTRICTS
FROM WHICH TRUSTEES OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS 2 AND 17 OF
SUMTER COUNTY ARE ELECTED, SO AS TO FURTHER
REAPPORTION THESE DISTRICTS AND TO DESIGNATE A
MAP NUMBER FOR THE TWO MAPS ON WHICH THESE NEW
LINES OF THE ELECTION DISTRICTS FOR TRUSTEES ARE
DESIGNATED AND MAINTAINED BY THE OFFICE OF

                                 1979
                     FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

RESEARCH AND STATISTICS OF THE STATE BUDGET AND
CONTROL BOARD.
  By prior motion of Senator LEVENTIS

  S. 639 -- Senator Leventis: A BILL TO PROVIDE THAT
SUMTER COUNTY ON JULY 1, 2011, SHALL CONSIST OF ONE
SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BE KNOWN AS THE SUMTER COUNTY
CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND TO ABOLISH THE
EXISTING SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN SUMTER COUNTY; TO
PROVIDE THAT THE CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT BE
GOVERNED BY A BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTED IN
NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS ON SPECIFIED DATES; TO
PROVIDE FOR THE COMPOSITION AND MANNER OF
ELECTION       OF      THE     BOARD; TO  PROVIDE  A
SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE DISTRICT TO BE APPOINTED BY
THE BOARD; TO PROVIDE FOR THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF
THE BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT; TO PROVIDE FOR THE
MANNER IN WHICH SCHOOL BUDGETS MUST BE
PRESENTED AND THE SCHOOL TAX MILLAGE BE IMPOSED
AND CALCULATED; TO PROVIDE FOR THE TRANSFER OF
THE ASSETS AND LIABILITIES OF THE TWO PRESENT
SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO THE CONSOLIDATED DISTRICT WITH
CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS; TO PROVIDE THE MANNER IN
WHICH THE CONSTITUTIONAL DEBT LIMITATION OF THE
CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A
GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND MUST BE DETERMINED; AND
TO PROVIDE FOR A SIX-MEMBER TRANSITION TEAM TO BE
APPOINTED BY THE BOARDS OF DISTRICT TWO AND
DISTRICT SEVENTEEN TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS
CONCERNING ATTENDANCE ZONES AND OTHER MATTERS.
  By prior motion of Senator LEVENTIS

  H. 3505 -- Reps. Harrell, W.D. Smith, Cato, Chellis, Cooper,
Harrison, Walker, Witherspoon, Merrill, Cotty, Duncan, Hagood,
Huggins, Scarborough, Haley, Davenport, Ballentine, Bannister, Battle,
Bedingfield, Bingham, Bowen, Brady, Breeland, G. Brown, Ceips,
Clemmons, Crawford, Dantzler, Delleney, Gambrell, Gullick,
Hamilton, Haskins, Hayes, Hinson, Hiott, Kelly, Kirsh, Knight, Leach,
Littlejohn, Lowe, Lucas, Mahaffey, Moss, Mulvaney, Owens, Perry,
Pinson, E.H. Pitts, M.A. Pitts, Shoopman, Simrill, Skelton,

                                1980
                     FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, Spires, Stavrinakis, Stewart, Talley, Taylor,
Thompson, Toole, Umphlett, White, Whitmire, Young, Hodges, Viers
and Rice: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO DIRECT THE STATE
PORTS AUTHORITY TO CONTINUE AND BRING TO ITS
EARLIEST CONCLUSION THE CONDEMNATION ACTION IT
HAS BEGUN INVOLVING APPROXIMATELY ONE THOUSAND
EIGHT HUNDRED ACRES IN JASPER COUNTY NEEDED TO
DEVELOP NEW TERMINAL FACILITIES; TO PROVIDE THAT
THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF JASPER COUNTY TO
UNDERTAKE ANY CONDEMNATION ACTION REGARDING
THIS APPROXIMATELY ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED
ACRES IN JASPER COUNTY OR ANY OTHER CONDEMNATION
ACTION IN REGARD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF TERMINAL
FACILITIES IN JASPER COUNTY IS SUSPENDED FOR A
PERIOD OF THREE YEARS FROM THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF
THIS JOINT RESOLUTION; TO DIRECT THE STATE PORTS
AUTHORITY TO CONTINUE AND COMPLETE CERTAIN
OTHER ACTIONS BEGUN BEFORE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF
THIS JOINT RESOLUTION IN REGARD TO THESE NEW
TERMINAL FACILITIES; AND TO DIRECT THE STATE PORTS
AUTHORITY TO BEGIN SPECIFIC NEW UNDERTAKINGS
WITHIN A STIPULATED TIME FRAME UPON FINAL
CONCLUSION INCLUDING ALL APPEALS OF THE ABOVE
CONDEMNATION ACTION.
  By prior motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, with unanimous
consent




                               1981
                     FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

                         MOTION ADOPTED
    On motion of Senators MARTIN, ALEXANDER,
 ANDERSON, BRYANT, CAMPSEN, CLEARY, COURSON,
 CROMER, DRUMMOND, ELLIOTT, FAIR, FORD, GREGORY,
 GROOMS, HAWKINS, HAYES, HUTTO, JACKSON, KNOTTS,
 LAND, LEATHERMAN, LEVENTIS, LOURIE, MALLOY,
 MATTHEWS, McCONNELL, McGILL, MOORE, O'DELL,
 PATTERSON, PEELER, PINCKNEY, RANKIN, REESE,
 RITCHIE, RYBERG, SCOTT, SETZLER, SHEHEEN, SHORT,
 THOMAS, VAUGHN, VERDIN and WILLIAMS, with unanimous
 consent, the Senate stood adjourned out of respect to the memory of
 those students at Virginia Tech and their families that have suffered
 unimaginable grief after the shooting massacre on the Virginia
 Tech campus on Monday, April 16, 2007. Friday, April 20th has
 been designated an “Orange and Maroon Effect” day to honor those
 killed and to show support for Virginia Tech students, faculty,
 administrators, staff, alumni and friends.

                         ADJOURNMENT
  At 11:45 A.M., on motion of Senator SETZLER, the Senate
adjourned to meet next Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at 12:00 Noon.

                                ***




                                1982

								
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